Should Twitter ban Donald Trump permanently for his tweet attacks on political opponents? You can now take the poll and share whether you think the micro-blogging site should drop a ban on Trump for the harassment his messages have incited.
Trump has sparked controversy from the very start of his campaign for his Twitter rants, attacking targets ranging from his Republican primary opponents to President Obama to the election process itself. But amid the hundreds of attacks he has leveled, the latest one is generating the most controversy.
After union leader Chuck Jones criticized Donald Trump for allegedly lying to Carrier employees about the deal that saved close to 800 jobs, the president-elect shot back at the United Steelworkers Local 1999 leader.
Donald Trump blasted off a tweet that appeared to blame Jones for causing the air-conditioner maker to ship more than 1,000 jobs from Indiana to Mexico.
“Chuck Jones, who is President of United Steelworkers 1999, has done a terrible job representing workers. No wonder companies flee country!” Trump wrote.
The tweet led to harassment and even veiled death threats against the union leader.
“Nothing that says they’re gonna kill me, but, you know, you better keep your eye on your kids,” Jones said on MSNBC (via the Washington Post). “We know what car you drive. Things along those lines.”
“I’ve been doing this job for 30 years, and I’ve heard everything from people who want to burn my house down or shoot me,” he added. “So I take it with a grain of salt and I don’t put a lot of faith in that, and I’m not concerned about it and I’m not getting anybody involved. I can deal with people that make stupid statements and move on.”
The harassment against Jones led to controversy for Donald Trump, with critics saying the president-elect should not be publicly criticizing and targeting a private citizen. Others noted that Trump’s army of loyal supporters take his aggressive tweets as a rationale to continue the attacks against these political opponents.
Many believe that Twitter should ban Donald Trump for inciting this harassment, and there could be precedent for such a move. In July, right-wing provocateur and Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos was permanently banned after he “fanned the flames of harassment of Ghostbusters actor Leslie Jones,” The Guardian noted.
You can now take the poll below and make your voice heard regarding a potential Twitter ban for Donald Trump.
Twitter’s CEO, Jack Dorsey, has already said he is conflicted about Trump’s use of Twitter and noted that the Republican candidate has excelled in his use of the format.
But he also appeared reluctant to kick the president-elect off Twitter entirely.
“He’s known how to use it for quite some time. I think it’s an important time for the company and service,” he said at the Code Commerce conference in California (via The Guardian). “And having the president-elect on our service, using it as a direct line of communication, allows everyone to see what’s on his mind in the moment. I think that’s interesting. I think it’s fascinating. I haven’t seen that before.
“We’re definitely entering a new world where everything is on the surface and we can all see it in real time and we can have conversations about it. Where does that go? I’m not really sure. But it’s definitely been fascinating to learn from.”
Kicking Donald Trump off Twitter would likely have consequences for Twitter, as his supporters would inevitably protest what would be seen as corporate censorship.
So do you think Donald Trump should be banned from Twitter? Take the poll and make your voice heard.
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